Business closure sparks concerns about Adventure Trails

gsc2He will keep his rental business going, but owner Randy Gillespie sent out a press release to say he will close the doors of Golden State Cycle at the end of June. Gillespie names the down economy, changing trends, internet competition and the delay of the Adventure Trail project as factors in his decision.

Gillespie’s press release says:

“Dear Valued Customer, For several years the powersports industry has changed tremendously. Due to the economic downturn and competing with the Internet, makes it very hard to keep my doors open. My commitment and my love for Golden State Cycle is not enough.

After 21 years I will have to close the doors. I will try to make June 28th 2014 our last day of operation for Golden State Cycle. Please redeem your gift cards ASAP.

We have made so many memories surrounding this great sport. I would like to thank you for your continued support and long time friendship with Golden State Cycle. My wish for you is to keep riding, keep playing, and take advantage of our open roads and our open trails. Look for our liquidation sales coming soon.
Thank You…Keep Riding Randy Gillespie Owner/Golden State Cycle”

Golden State Cycle has operated on Bishop’s Main Street for 21 years, selling and renting motorized products popular in our desert region. It was Gillespie and Dick Noles who devoted a major personal effort to open up opportunities for dual designation vehicles to enjoy off-roading and then drive into our communities for services. Assembly woman Connie Conway authored AB628, and the legislature approved it nearly three years ago. But environmental legal challenges and delays by the Forest Service have held up progress. Gillespie said if Adventure Trails were operational, it is possible he would not have to close his store. He said the positive economic impact of the project might have kept other businesses from closing also.

Over the Mule Days holiday, the many visiting politicians converged in one big meeting at Creekside Inn to talk about AB628. Representatives of the Inyo Supervisors, Bishop City Council, CHP, Bishop Police Chief, County Sheriff, Congressman Paul Cook and Diane Feinstein’s Chief of Staff, among others, talked over the delays of the unique legislation that many other counties and cities have an eye on.

Inyo Sheriff Bill Lutze said the meeting was to get all parties in one room and focused on issues delaying the project. AB628 has a sunset clause that shuts it down in a couple of years. Inyo County is currently conducting an EIR on the project, and the Forest Service has lately blocked progress regarding roads on Forest land maintained by the County. Half of those 28 road are part of the Adventure Trails System. If they can’t be used, it could shut down the project.

The Forest Service is considering conducting a federal environmental review to turn over the roads to Inyo County, which is already maintaining them. The Sheriff said Congressman Cook and Senator Feinstein’s Office will look into this. He said the big meeting was to get everyone “on the same page and to try to get a direction to keep the Adventure Trails Project from dying.”

 

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Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago

I’m sorry to see Golden State Cycle go and I wish the owner and his employees the best in the future. That said, it wouldn’t break my heart to see the Adventure Trails concept disappear completely from Bishop.

fedinand lopez
fedinand lopez
8 years ago

moron.i mean trouble,you have no idea what the outcome would be,fact:395 is dangerous already

erik simpson
erik simpson
8 years ago

It’s sad to see a long-time business on the east side dry up. Still, I’ve never supported the idea of the Adventure Trails. I’ve regularly visited Utah for camping and hiking over the years, and ORVs are really popular there. Many (probably most) ORVers are responsible outdoor users, but more… Read more »

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
8 years ago

off-road vehicles on the highway would boost the local economy for the hospital,rite aid,a.m.r. and anyone else that supplies first aid and medical response

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

ferdinand…Do you mean for the ORV riders zipping around the streets and into traffic or the licensed over 17 year old drivers legally on the highway having to dodge them….or both ?

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

ferinand, the adventure trails will boost Bishops, Big Pines, Indy’s and Lone Pines economies greatly. Just not the fear mongering way you babel about.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble…The same way that Whitney Portal Preserve greatly enhanced the Lone Pine area with added population of wealthy new residents….and how the Cougar Gold project was going to create hundreds of jobs for the Bridgeport people,as well as bringing in new residents to help with their economy…..This area WILL NOT… Read more »

Eastside Bum
Eastside Bum
8 years ago

I wonder what Mr.Gillespie will do with the 1977 vintage Yamaha motorcycle, mounted on the wall? Anyway, it is sad that Bishop is losing another business which defined Main Street for many years. It boils down to those of us who did not support him enough monetarily, thought perhaps we… Read more »

Bob
Bob
8 years ago

If you didn’t know it, this is not a sign of an improving economy

Tinner
Tinner
8 years ago

“The Forest Service is considering conducting a federal environmental review”
So first they have to consider it then they have to conduct it. That could take a while.
Could GSC closing be a major blow th the Adventure Trails Project? Seems like it.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Tinner

Tinner..When the Forest Service is done with their environmental review,if it does get the O.K to proceed,then will come the BIG guns and environmental groups to delay or try to stop it….just like with the failed Whitney Portal Preserve project…the Bodie Hills “Cougar Gold” and their threats to the people… Read more »

Mike
Mike
8 years ago

What happens to warrenty support of my new Honda lawnmower? Motorcycles etc. are not the only item sold there.

Russ Reese
Russ Reese
8 years ago

We off-roaders will miss Randy and his shop, truly the passing of an era.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

Maybe Mr.Gillespie should move his business to the TOML,where ,back a couple months ago,that one poster was saying he was following around that family of ORV riders, where they bought multiple motorcycles in the Von’s parking lot,where they were shopping and how much they spent on groceries,where they were having… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne: I remember that one. It was both amusing and scary to think of that guy stalking people around town — if he wasn’t just under the influence of something. BUI — blogging under the influence. But it wouldn’t really help to move his business to Mammoth Lakes because there… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Ken….I kinda thought it wasn’t true when I read it…How would he have found out the families breakfast for 4 costed $76.87…plus a 20 % tip ?….or their dinner costed $256.98 ? In order to have come up with that TOTAL week-end spending at over $ 20,000.00,how would he have… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne: I remember that one. That person never did that. Remember the guy who said he got free food because he was nice to the bar tender. Or the “Best Summer Ever” when that Summer came in 20% below forcast. Blogs like this one are used by some people who… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Ken….And the thing is,it ALWAYS seems to be someone from the TOML saying it….. trying to reel in more people….and more $$$$$…….

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne: Like I said, nothing ever gets done unless somebody somewhere is making a lot of money.